Tyler’s Take: Iron & Wine Kiss Each Other Clean

The beardiest boy in folk has returned with a new label, album, and sound. It’s hard to believe this is only the fourth full-length, studio effort for Sam Beam (aka Iron and Wine). If you’re expecting acoustic guitars, finger-picking and whispered vocals, look elsewhere. Kiss Each Other Clean is a …

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Horoscopes : February 10, 2011

Horoscope Feb. 10 – Feb. 16 Aries Don’t hold your breath when it comes to romance. That promising situation could backfire big time. On the upside, enjoy your singlehood. Taurus A new approach presents itself. You are recreating yourself. All areas of your world seem to improve right now. Enjoy …

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Avril Lavigne: Worse than the sum of her punk rock parts

At one time, punk rock was full of passion, angst, and unbridled energy. This edgy genre once prided itself on being anti-fashion, anti-corporate, and anti-consumerism. Follow the Weal’s music reviewer Tyler Ostermayer through the evolution of punk’s genesis, to the exodus of its ideals. Read the full story.

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Sign spinners give advertising human flair

Flipping and twirling six-foot signs with practiced precision, sign spinners dazzle drivers on their daily commutes. They advertise for a variety of local businesses. But no matter what message is scrawled on the giant arrow, their tricks are sweet and absolutely entertaining. The skill involved is obvious, but it may …

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Art exhibit delves into reality of gender inequality

Art and activism culminate into a provocative look at the complexities of body image in an exhibit called Body/Image sponsored by Take Back the Night. Ten artists use several mediums, such as textiles, sculpture, graphite and painting, to explore this controversial topic. Their work will be displayed at the Marquee …

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Test your rock, paper, scissors skills at the Gate

The tension between the two competitors can be sliced with scissors. The taunts and smack talk are more crushing than massive rocks. But in the end, only one will emerge victorious, and the other will be left crumpled like a piece of paper. Rock, paper, scissors (RPS) tournaments, like the …

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Why celebrity deaths haunt us

The music may have died on Feb. 3, 1959 when a plane carrying The Big Bopper, Ritchie Valens and Buddy Holly flew into a blizzard and crashed into a corn field, but it has been resurrected and slain over and over again ever since. Every generation will eventually face the …

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Gay rap-opera battles homophobia with humour

Using humour as a tool to combat hate, discrimination, and homophobia, the stars of Bash’d, a gay rap opera, promote acceptance and connect with their audience. The rap-opera tells the story of Dillon and Jack, two young men who fall in love and find themselves fighting the harsh reality of …

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Sheepdogs draw from ‘70s spirit to create fresh vibe

Saskatoon-based quartet The Sheepdogs are proof that classics never die. Fully equipped with an image rivaling those of the great ‘70s rock pioneers, the old-school group embraces the intricate musicality of what is arguably one of music’s finest eras. Lead guitarist and vocalist Ewen Currie says the band came by …

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Place your bets: Groundhog day wagers

Groundhog Day is arguably the biggest holiday farce since Christmas. Like Santa, we all know the shadow thing is a sham. There isn’t even an excuse to get drunk. The only practical solution is gambling. Betting money is unimaginative. Get together with your most daring buddy and place your bets …

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TYLER’S TAKE: The Decemberists, The King Is Dead

Portland darlings The Decemberists are back with another amazing album and there will be no beating around the bush here. Just go buy it. The King Is Dead sounds like modern folk and country combined to make a sound that will surely turn you inside out. With pure emotion and …

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Twisted love finds its way to stage

A love story used to be boy meets girl, both fall in love and live happily ever after. But it’s not quite that simple anymore. In fact, it’s just a bit more twisted. Forte Musical Theatre’s new musical production Twisted boils down unconventional connections and explores the driving forces behind …

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Let The Mechanic pump your adrenaline

FILM Cars, guns, sex, and macho heroics. Everything an action junkie could hope for is alive and beating in The Mechanic, directed by Simon West. The film is based on the original action film from 1972, which was directed by Michael Winner under the same title. Jason Statham replaces Charles …

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Tyler’s Take: Katelyn Steinwand – Eyes to See

Calgary native Katelyn Steinwand has released her first full-length studio album, and upon hearing it, one wonders why she’s still unsigned. Eyes to See is a beautiful collection of thoughtfully written chords and lyrics well beyond her 21 years on this earth. Her voice is elegant and breathy. Her lyrics …

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Dressing up when the temperature drops

Bundling up against a cold snap isn’t cool when you’re a kid. When you were 15, defying parental control by shivering in your shirtsleeves made you feel like a rebel without a cause. But once you hit adulthood, failing to dress appropriately for a Calgary winter can give the impression …

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Georgas pushed and pulled down musical path

The road to success is different for every artist. For 27-year-old Hannah Georgas, continued support and tough love from her family allowed her to shoot into Canada’s spotlight. It isn’t surprising Georgas has experienced musical success, as she had the good fortune to grow up in a musical family. Her …

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Flipping the bird around the world

Time after time, we find ourselves at church weddings, newborn photo shoots and first court appearances thinking, man, if only I could tell this person how I really feel. Well, now you can. Be careful though, certain salutations may not mean what you think. Here are some the most common …

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Have a very moosey Christmas

Calgary improv group delivers its own take on classic For those with a desire to dose themselves with yuletide cheer, what better way than to attend a merry play at the Loose Moose Theatre? A Chrismoose Carol is based on Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol. But instead of straight …

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Film Ratings

Going to a picture show should be easy, but all too often action on the screen makes a healthy relationship with any person in your life feel painfully strained. To maintain social comfort, here is what you might get from each rating level and some ideas of who not to …

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Popping the hood on Gran Turismo

The world starts to shake at 350 km/h. At least the car you’re occupying does. Gran Turismo – the game that vid-heads have been waiting for through an extremely long development cycle and constant delays – is finally here in time for Christmas. But was it worth the wait? Career …

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